Electric cars outsells gasoline cars in Norway

Updated: May 27, 2019

Norway is a leader in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and the government has set an ambitious goal to stop selling new gas and diesel passenger cars and vans by 2025.

Last month electric cars account about 57% of the total passenger vehicle sales in Norway making the highest electric vehicle sales in a month.

Norway has implemented a number of incentives to encourage people to buy electric cars, according to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association. Zero-emission cars don't pay the 25% Value Added Tax (VAT) and are exempt from Norway's carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and weight taxes imposed on gas and diesel vehicles. They also get discounts on parking, toll roads and ferries.

Overall, 18,375 new passenger cars were registered in Norway last month, in which 10,732 were rated with zero emissions.

Norwegian car buyers registered more than 5,300 Tesla Model 3 sedans in March — a record for a single car model in one month. In addition to the all-electric vehicles, 3,469 new hybrid cars were also sold.

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